Kathleen Gregory

Associate Professor
Core Faculty


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling - Core Faculty


PhD Department of Psychoanalytic Studies, Deakin University
MA Psychoanalytic Studies, LaTrobe University
Bachelor of Education Counseling, LaTrobe University
Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, LaTrobe University

From the heart

Naropa University offers faculty and students alike the opportunity to bring contemplative practices and perspectives into their work; enriching both themselves and the discipline area of their profession, inclusive of teaching pedagogy.

Recent publications

  • Gregory, K., Newbegin, G., & Schofield, M. (2014). Mind and heart: Mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation for therapists. In Wicks, R. & Raynard, E. (Eds.).Self-renewal themes in psychotherapy: A guide for clinicians. Hoboken, NJ:John Wiley & Sons.
  • Gregory, K. (2013). The Im/possibility of Race: Raising Race in Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy and Politics International, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp. 152-159.
  • Gregory, K. (2012). Buddhism as a ‘living tradition’: The foundation for Buddhism without borders. Buddhism Without Borders Proceedings of the International Conference on Globalized Buddhism,Bumthang, Bhutan, May 21-23, 2012
  • Gregory, K. (2012). How did the nineteenth-century notion of Buddhism arise? Two perspectives in parallel. Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 113-124.
  • Gregory, K. (2012). Buddhism and Health in Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.). The Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare, Oxford University Press

Research activity

I have been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years in the Kagyu Tibetan tradition; under the instruction of the late Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche I regularly teach at the E-Vam Institute in Melbourne and international affiliated centres. My research interests include the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy through the construct 'psychological health', the ethics of race in psychotherapy practice, and the 'best-practice' training of counselors. 

Courses taught

  • Research
  • Assessment and Testing
  • Social and Cultural Foundations

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Chögyam Trungpa's book The sanity we are born with: A Buddhist approach to psychology

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment.

When a student said 'now I get what you are trying to teach us; there is no 'right formula' when it comes to responding to diversity in counseling'. Demonstrating capacity to go beyond 'what to do' to 'how to be' - wonderful!

What does it mean to you when somebody says, “That’s so Naropa?”

When a seeming disparate group of people come together and find they are in fact talking the same language; and from there something wonderful can happen.